The Wife’s Tale
Authors: Lori Lansens
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Price: $29.95 (Hardcover)

Mary Gooch has grown unhealthily helpless in Leaford, Ont., drifting from her husband, decaying at a tedious job and depressed by her constant struggle with weight as a result of excessive eating. On the Gooch’s 25th wedding anniversary, Mary’s husband suddenly goes missing, forcing her to find the courage she’s never had to muster. Mary takes a plane to Los Angeles, Calif., spurring a cross-country trip to find her missing high school sweetheart. In the process, Mary discovers herself, introduced to social and cultural differences that change her outlook on life and mobilize her to overcome her obesity.